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Kirsty Macrae


Inspired by the world around me


My ceramics are an exploration of gesture, form, and colour. My work draws inspiration from the heritage of eighteenth-century English slipware pottery, using it as a starting point to create my contemporary ceramic sculptures and vessels.
My work is strongly influenced by my background as a painter. I create work that playfully imagines clay as the canvas, both in form and surface. I employ traditional pottery decorative techniques alongside mark-making usually associated with abstract expressionist painting to create lush, layered surfaces.




Drawing is fundamental to my creative process and my sketches play a major role in developing new work.   My work is hand-built, using coils of red earthenware clay to recreate these drawings.   The unfired clay is then painted using a palette of handmade slips (liquid clay) using both traditional ceramic and painting techniques. 

The form is then slowly dried over the course of several weeks before being bisque fired.  A range of glazes and oxide washes are then applied to achieve complex and varied surfaces, before finally being fired to 1100 degrees.